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Thursday, December 2, 2021

Warriors’ Third Quarter Magic Isn’t Magic

The Warriors have been here so many times that it’s a big part of their script. The inevitability of all this doesn’t negate how remarkable his return is.

Falling into a 19-point deficit to the Philadelphia 76ers in the second quarter, the Warriors knew they needed to make adjustments: tighten the grip on the defense, get easy buckets in the transition, and throw the game out of reach.

Led by the infectious energy and defense of Andrew Wiggins and Juan Toscano-Anderson, the Warriors took the lead in the third quarter and won the chase 116-96.

Here are some observations from his fifth and 12th consecutive win in the last 13 games for the Warriors (16-2):

caught slipping

The Sixers defeated the Warriors by 20-4 runs in the first quarter. This run was more responsible for what Golden State failed to do than Philadelphia. Defensively, the Warriors were out of sync. The rotation was missed. The Sixers were getting anyone and everything they wanted from an ineffective field. And not to mention excessive contamination. Drummond Green had to sit for a pocket in the first half due to his four fouls. In Green’s absence, not only did the defense suffer; The crime spilled over without his drama.

If the lack of attention to detail on defense wasn’t bad enough, 11 turnovers in the first half made matters worse. For a heavy team like the Warriors, turnover is often a by-product of their playing style. However, forced turnovers are unacceptable due to being unaware and sluggish.

pace to pace

The Sixers are the worst at league speed. Since Joel Embiid’s absence, this has forced him to play shorter which in turn allows him to play faster. Philadelphia had the pace, the energy and the pace because of their quick play in the first half. The Warriors began matching that energy late in the second quarter, while the Sixers evaporated a 19-point lead to nine at halftime. which leads to…..

a classic third trimester

It didn’t take long for the Warriors to take the lead in the third quarter. The warriors closed in defense and made easy baskets in the transition from their stops in the fashion of normal warriors. For head coach Steve Kerr, the defense is the foundation of these third-quarter blitzes.

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